When Child Development Center Director Carol Silva chose to seek accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), she knew she was adding more to a full plate of responsibilities. “Our whole team understood the accreditation process would be very thorough and take a real investment in time, resources and funds,” Silva said.
NAEYC represents the mark of quality in early childhood education, and is dedicated to improving early childhood education offering a voluntary accreditation process for high-quality programs. NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. In addition, the CDC has maintained their Texas Raising Star qualifications each year since 2004.
Silva and the entire staff have worked together as a team over the past 18 months making a professional commitment to manage the four step process which includes meeting the 10 standards considered benchmarks of NAEYC accreditation. Read more about the accreditation process.
Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children for success in school by laying a foundation of school readiness. “We knew the process of accreditation would make us better equipped to give all our children an even stronger foundation for their subsequent educational paths and a good start in life,” said Silva.
“All this hard work is paying off,” said Silva as she announced the accreditation team will come to CDC for the final evaluation process in early 2018. “Looking to the future, we want to be able to serve more children while keeping or improving the quality of our programs. Accreditation can also put us in a position to acquire more funding in the form of grants, or as a part of a larger community Pre-K effort.